In a dramatic and viral Election Day confrontation, a Virginia Democrat was caught on video accosting and cursing out a Republican poll greeter in Arlington. The incident unfolded on Tuesday as voters headed to the polls to cast their ballots in key races in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Virginia.
The video footage, which has garnered over 5 million views on social media, captures a progressive voter, wearing an “I voted” sticker, confronting Matthew Hurtt, a poll worker and director of professional services at the Leadership Institute. The unidentified man accused the GOP poll worker and others of attempting to overturn the election, equating their actions to putting a gun to his head and trying to prevent him from voting.
I have filed a police report.
— Matthew Hurtt (@matthewhurtt) November 7, 2023
Accusing the GOP poll worker of trying to overthrow elections with violence, the Democrat voter issued a stern warning, saying, “You try to steal my vote next year, I’m going to f—ing remember you personally.” The confrontation escalated as the voter pulled out his phone to take a photo of Hurtt, who continued to film the exchange.
The video captured the Democrat voter approaching a bystander and cautioning against being “buddy, buddy” with Republicans, alleging that they put on a facade of being good neighbors while accusing Hurtt of racism, supporting lynching, and being “f—ing Bible-beating bigots and freaks.”
— Matthew Hurtt (@matthewhurtt) November 10, 2023
Hurtt, who documented the incident on social media, revealed that he had filed a police report detailing the encounter. The heated exchange highlights the intensity and divisiveness surrounding the elections, particularly in Virginia, where voters are determining which political party will control the state legislature. The state’s House of Delegates currently has a slim Republican majority of 52-48, while Democrats control the Senate with a 22-18 margin.